Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Epilepsy (supposedly) caused by distension or disorder of the stomach. rare. Now historical.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From Middle French analepsie (French analepsie) type of epilepsy and its etymon post-classical Latin analepsia (also analempsia) gastric epilepsy from ancient Greek ἀνάληψις + classical Latin -ia, apparently so called because the disorder was thought to affect the upper parts of the head.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.